Nahre Sol (also known as Alice) is an artist who performs, composes and teaches an eclectic mixture of music, one that draws from aspects of improvisation, the avant-garde, traditional Western forms and harmony, jazz, and minimalism. She is the creator of Practice Notes and Sound Bank, two popular series on Youtube that distill her distinct perspective as a classically-trained pianist with an insatiable appetite for new ideas about music theory, harmony, practicing, and composition.
She holds degrees from The Juilliard School and The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed at venues across North America and Europe, including The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Gusman Theatre in Miami, in addition to numerous spaces in Canada, France, Holland, Italy, Poland, and Germany. In 2013 she was a recipient of the Harriet Hale Woolley Grant, which enabled her to study in Paris under Gabriel Tacchino and Narcis Bonet, both pupils of Francis Poulenc. Nahre's music has been premiered in New York City, Buenos Aires, Paris, and Toronto by artists such as Julian Martin, Han Chen, Jaewon Bang, Jeremy Smith, and Griffin McMahon.
Nahre Sol is also the Co-Artistic Director and keyboardist of Happenstance, a Toronto-based concert series and ensemble, alongside clarinetist Brad Cherwin. With a knack for combining cutting-edge contemporary repertoire with expressive works from the traditional canon, Happenstance attaches a visionary narrative to adventurous repertoire, creating a compelling atmosphere in which audiences can both approach and appreciate challenging artistic programming. Their concerts have been lauded for featuring "an obscene amount of talent" (The WholeNote) and hailed as “bizarrely eclectic, ... very intriguing and rewarding” (John Gilks, Operaramblings).
Other recent projects include a set of miniatures combined with video projections commissioned by the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall, and performances, masterclasses, and talks at institutions such as the Carnegie Mellon University, University of Costa Rica, the Westben Performer-Composer Residency, and the Millbrook School. Nahre is the current recipient of the inaugural New Music Fellowship at The Glenn Gould School at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.